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    The Boston Celtics are down several players on Tuesday night, including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Al Horford, when they take on the Miami Heat in an Eastern Conference Finals rematch. All of those injuries have shifted the prop market and the odds for this game, so how should we wager on it? Here are the props I am targeting for this Eastern Conference showdown: Celtics vs. Heat best NBA prop bets today Robert Williams III OVER 8.5 Rebounds Tyler Herro OVER 19.5 Points Robert Williams III OVER 8.5 ReboundsRobert Williams III has played just one game without Al Horford this season, but when you go back to the 2021-22 campaign, he dominated the glass when Al was out of the lineup. Williams averaged 11.0 rebounds per game across 10 games without Horford, yet he’s only set at 8.5 boards in this matchup. The Heat rank 17th in the NBA in rebounding percentage this season, and Boston could use Williams on the offensive glass with so many key players out. I think this line is a little too low...
    Getty Al Horford of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics earned a huge victory on Saturday night, taking down the Toronto Raptors by a score of 106-104. It was a hard-fought contest that Toronto controlled for the majority of the game. Despite that, Boston kept pushing and ultimately came out on top. There were plenty of late-game dramatics in the contest, as it came down to the final moments. With under 15 seconds to go, Pascal Siakam drove to the hoop, but Al Horford blocked the shot, forcing a jump ball. However, after the game, Siakam called out Horford, saying that he felt “a lot of hands” on the play – he thought he was fouled. “To be honest, I don’t know,” Siakam said via CLNS Media. “To me, it felt like it was a lot of hands. [It] could have went either way. I thought it was a foul, but again, it wasn’t called. And I got the ball back, and I thought it [was] still in play. But I didn’t get it.” Pascal Siakam believes Al...
    Getty Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics On January 19, the Boston Celtics overcame the Golden State Warriors for the first time since game three of the NBA Finals on June 8. Throughout the contest, Al Horford was one of Boston’s most consistent players, shooting the ball at a high clip and setting the tone for his team as they looked to dispatch the reigning NBA champions on the Celtics’ home court. Following the game, Jayson Tatum joked that Horford looked 25 following a two-day gap between games, crediting the veteran’s activity level on the court. Play Jayson Tatum ADMITS Celtics Focused Too Much NBA Finals Rematch Before Tonight | Celtics vs WarriorsBOSTON, MA — Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum was interviewed following the Celtics 121-118 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden. Despite a rough shooting night, Boston gutted out a tough win by hustling and playing with energy on the glass on both ends of the floor. The Celtics have now extended…2023-01-20T04:43:29Z “I joked with Al. He came out and looked like he was 25...
    Getty Al Horford #42, Boston Celtics Al Horford came into the new NBA season at 36 years old, which puts him among the oldest active players currently in the NBA. The only players currently playing in the league who are older than the Boston Celtics‘ center – this excludes those who are currently free agents – are Udonis Haslem, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, P.J. Tucker, Chris Paul, Taj Gibson, Kyle Lowry, George Hill, Goran Dragic, and Garrett Temple. With his old age for an active NBA player, there had been reports that the Celtics plan to decrease Horford’s minutes. According to The Athletic’s Jared Weiss, the Celtics’ plan coming into the season was to limit Horford’s minutes. “Al Horford is expected to sit out most back-to-backs and have his minutes limited even further next season, according to team sources,” Weiss reported on July 7. On October 21, Horford got candid with reporters when asked about the prospect of being rested more. While Horford is not against it, he made it clear that he feels good physically. “I’m not...
    Getty Al Horford (right), now a Celtic The 35-year-old big guy went out and averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds over 29.1 minutes in the regular season. Then he pumped it up to 12.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in 35.4 minutes in the playoffs. Even leaving out the great effect the man had on his team’s defense and general offensive flow, there were a number of NBA people who were surprised at Al Horford’s production for the Celtics. Sam Presti wasn’t one of those people. The Oklahoma City general manager had essentially put Horford on a shelf for the last two months of the 2020-21 season as the Thunder kicked its reconstruction project into a new gear. There was a need to look at players who had a chance to be there when again the club hoped to be playing for something meaningful. That Presti moved Horford to a Celtic situation befitting a player needing a shot at a championship in the latter stages of his career was a hoped-for bonus. (And with Rob Williams requiring another knee...
    Getty Jaylen Brown, Grant Williams, and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics react during the second half against the Phoenix Suns. After taking part in arguably the greatest midseason turnaround in NBA history and advancing to their first NBA Finals in over a decade during the 2021-22 season, the Boston Celtics find themselves gearing up for a 2022-23 campaign that, by the looks of things, is shaping up to be even more successful. Considering the bevy of roster-bolstering transactions made this summer, the reigning league runner-ups have managed to shore up several weak spots found within last year’s rotation that aided in their ultimate demise. With proven offensive threats like Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari in tow, Boston has seemingly found some much-needed assets to help strengthen their bench scoring unit that just recently ranked 26 in both points per game and offensive rating. Now, with these high-profile additions, it will be up to head coach Ime Udoka to fiddle with the rotation to get his new veterans the ample playing time that both of them deserve. And...
    Nerlens Noel #3 of the New York Knicks. The Boston Celtics have until midnight ET on July 18, 2022, to use the $17.1 million Evan Fournier trade exception. They can acquire either a player who makes that exact amount of money or less, or they can acquire multiple players whose contracts total out to $17.1 million. With the exception set to expire in less than 24 hours, Keith Smith recently laid out a number of options of who the Celtics could get before they lose it. Among those options is Massachusetts native Nerlens Noel. 9. Nerlens Noel – $9,240,000 – Detroit Pistons: Noel is a Boston kid and has been a rumored Celtics target for years. The challenge is that he’s rarely healthy and he’s basically a poor man’s version of Rob Williams at this point. The good news? Detroit would probably let him go for a song. The bad news? Noel is healthy less often than Williams is. Noel was acquired by the Pistons along with Alec Burks from the New York Knicks earlier this summer in...
    Getty Al Horford of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics will be heading into next season with their core rotation intact. All nine of their primary rotational pieces from last season will be returning to the team, and the Celtics also reportedly added Danilo Gallinari and Malcolm Brogdon to the squad via free agency and the trade market, respectively. Despite their valiant offseason moves, the Celtics are still on the hunt for a backup big man. In the reported Brogdon trade, Boston sent Daniel Theis to the Indiana Pacers. Because of that, they are left without a big man to back up Robert Williams and Al Horford. And based on recent information, they desperately need one. According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Horford is expected to take a step back next season. He should still be the team’s starting power forward, but since he’s getting older, he’s expected to sit out back-to-backs and take some extra time off throughout the season. “They will certainly need center depth, as Al Horford is expected to sit out most back-to-backs...
    Getty Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics. Boston Celtics legend Kevin Garnett has been keeping tabs on his old team throughout the 2022 NBA Playoffs leading up to the NBA Finals. With the Celtics taking on the Golden State Warriors during the 2022 NBA Finals, Garnett has let his voice be heard as the team vies for its 18th NBA championship as a franchise. In Game 1 of the finals, Garnett shouted out Al Horford, who Garnett used to play against during his playing days, for his performance. On June 11, 2022, SHOWTIME Basketball’s Twitter account released a video highlighting Garnett’s reaction at various points of Game 1. Garnett is known for using NSFW language when he talks, so the video is filled with NSFW language. In that video, Garnett singled out Horford for his performance in Game 1. “Al f***ing Horford! Man Al Horford has six threes! Look at this s***!” Garnett exclaimed at multiple points during Game 1. Just before Horford hit one of his shots in the fourth quarter Garnett cheered him on. “Come...
    Getty Al Horford, Boston Celtics The animosity between Philadelphia 76ers fans and Al Horford isn’t a secret. The experiment failed and neither side enjoyed it. There was no natural on-court chemistry between him and Joel Embiid. Horford went back to Boston and has been thriving during the Celtics’ unexpected rise to the NBA Finals. The Athletic’s Jared Weiss wrote a glowing tribute to the 36-year-old veteran and talked to different members of the Horford family. Slurs & threats are obviously never okay, but you’re going to hear the word b*tch and you’re going to hear f bombs. It is what it is. — Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) June 9, 2022 In it, his two sisters (Anna, Maria) and one brother (Josh) drop some eye-opening comments about the Philly experience. They hated Sixers fans and kept rooting for the Celtics during that ill-fated 2019-20 season. Here is a snippet of that conversation: The whole family, it seems, never moved on from Boston. They were fixtures at games, and Anna became a social media sensation while her brother was a foundational...
    Getty Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. The Boston Celtics dropped Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, 107-88. After stealing Game 1 in the fourth quarter, Boston got stomped on Sunday night. They turned the ball over 19 times, couldn’t find a rhythm on offense, and once again got smacked around in the third quarter. One of the main sticking points of the game, however, was the play of Warriors forward Draymond Green. He picked up a technical early in the game, and despite being involved in multiple other dust-ups, was never called for a second one. During his post-game press conference, Jayson Tatum gave his take on Green’s antics. He said that’s just how Green plays, and while he respects it, he doesn’t think the referees were treating the Celtics the same way they were treating the Warriors. “We know what Draymond brings to the game,” Tatum stated. “I love that about him, you know, obviously, I played with him. And, you know, we...
    Led by Al Horford’s two-way versatility, the Celtics blitzed Golden State in the fourth quarter to steal Game 1. Plus, more observations from the opener of the NBA Finals. The NBA Finals offered hope of change from the lopsided contests that have dominated the playoffs, and Game 1 delivered with a crisp, tightly contested game that set the tone for what should be a competitive series. The final margin — 120-108 in Boston’s favor — might suggest a fairly significant gap between the Celtics and Warriors, but the vast majority of the game featured two heavyweights trading blows, finding counters and grinding out possessions in a close affair. Golden State’s unique motion offense almost always catches opponents off-guard in the first games of playoff series, but after weathering a third-quarter avalanche from Golden State, the Celtics finally pulled away in the fourth, using a 17-0 run to sprint down the stretch and secure a crucial, well-earned road win. Aberrational shooting played a big role in Boston’s 40-point fourth quarter and 130.4 offensive rating for the game, but so did its...
    Getty Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics Dropping game three wasn’t on the Boston Celtics‘ agenda, but after a terribly slow start to their May 21 game against the Miami Heat, that’s how the game shook out. Even with Jimmy Butler sitting out the second half of the game due to knee swelling, the Celtics couldn’t gain control of the contest despite some second-half heroics from Jaylen Brown and an improved sense of urgency. Of course, as is usually the case when the Celtics lose, a large part of Boston’s struggles came from their inability to take care of the basketball. The team registered a total of 24 turnovers compared to Miami’s eight. Speaking after the game, ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith held Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown (who accounted for 13 of the team’s turnovers) accountable, noting how the team’s star duo has to play better, especially in such a high-stakes game late into the postseason. Play Stephen A.’s VERDICT of what went right for Heat vs. Celtics in Game 3 ????| SportsCenterStephen A. Smith joins SportsCenter to break...
    The Boston Celtics found themselves with NBA playoff math working in their favor Thursday. Although guard Derrick White left the team for the birth of his child, the Celtics got guard Marcus Smart and big man Al Horford back in their mix for Thursday night’s game against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena. Smart had missed the Celtics’ Game 1 loss in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday due to a mid-foot sprain. He suffered that injury in Sunday’s Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the deciding game of that conference semifinal. Horford, who had entered NBA health-and-safety protocols hours before Tuesday’s series opener, cleared protocols midafternoon, after earlier in the day being upgraded to questionable on the league’s injury report. White, who had started Tuesday in place of Smart, is expected back for Saturday night’s Game 3 of the best-of-seven series at TD Garden. “It came sooner than expected,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said of White’s plans, “but we support our guys always in that situation.” The Celtics acquired White at midseason from the San Antonio...
    The Eastern Conference finals equation changed yet again for the Boston Celtics, with the team reporting the guard Derrick White would miss Thursday night’s Game 2 at FTX Arena against the Miami Heat for the birth of a child. White had started the Celtics’ series-opening loss on Tuesday night in place of Marcus Smart, who was sidelined by a mid-foot sprain. White is expected back for Saturday night’s Game 3 of the best-of-seven series at TD Garden. “It came sooner than expected,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said of White’s plans, “but we support our guys always in that situation.” The Celtics acquired White at midseason from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for former Heat guard Josh Richardson. Smart was back working with the Celtics ahead of Thursday night’s game. The latest twist with White comes with Celtics big man Al Horford in NBA health-and-safety protocols, and with Heat guard Kyle Lowry sidelined for a second consecutive week with a hamstring strain. Horford was awaiting test results Thursday, upgraded Thursday to questionable. “He was not feeling ill,” Udoka said Thursday...
    The Eastern Conference finals equation changed yet again for the Boston Celtics, with the team reporting the guard Derrick White would miss Thursday night’s Game 2 at FTX Arena against the Miami Heat for the birth of a child. White had started the Celtics’ series-opening loss on Tuesday night in place of Marcus Smart, who was sidelined by a mid-foot sprain. White is expected back for Saturday night’s Game 3 of the best-of-seven series at TD Garden. “It came sooner than expected,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said of White’s plans, “but we support our guys always in that situation.” The Celtics acquired White at midseason from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for former Heat guard Josh Richardson. Smart was back working with the Celtics ahead of Thursday night’s game. The latest twist with White comes with Celtics big man Al Horford in NBA health-and-safety protocols, and with Heat guard Kyle Lowry sidelined for a second consecutive week with a hamstring strain. Horford was awaiting test results Thursday. “He was not feeling ill,” Udoka said Thursday of Horford. “He’s feeling...
    The specter COVID and illness continues to be a factor in the Eastern Conference finals series between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. A day after the Celtics big man Al Horford entered the NBA’s heath-and-safety protocols, Boston coach Ime Udoka was unavailable for his team’s Wednesday media session due to what the Celtics said was a non-COVID illness. However, ongoing concerns about the pandemic continue to impact the NBA playoffs for a third consecutive year, with the Heat returning to a mask mandate for all media at Wednesday’s interview session. In addition, it is believed that ESPN now will conduct pregame coaching interviews remotely. Horford, as of Wednesday, was not expected to be available for Thursday’s 8:30 Game 2 and FTX Arena, formally listed as doubtful by the Celtics. It is not the scenario Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had hoped for by this stage of the pandemic. “It’s disappointing,” he said. “It’s like every single time you think it’s getting beyond this, it’s not.” That had him empathizing with the Celtics. “You want to beat their best with...
    NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Boston is prepared to play Game 2 without veteran center Al Horford.  There were a few reasons the Boston Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in Game 1: Celtics coach Ime Udoka blamed the Jays, Celts fans blamed Jaylen Brown’s missed free throws, and Jimmy Butler was, in a word, magnificent. But there’s another reason that Udoka highlighted when addressing the team’s misfortune: they were playing without Al Horford and Marcus Smart, and it made a significant difference. That’s what makes the Horford update so disheartening for Boston fans: NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Horford is expected to remain out until at least Game 3. Boston is prepared for the likely scenario of Al Horford remaining in the league’s Health and Safety Protocols through Game 2 on Thursday, sources said. https://t.co/QsWWjKDRcq — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 17, 2022 Without Horford, Robert Williams stepped in — but he may be stepping out in Game 2 as well after colliding with Bam Adebayo. Udoka reported that Williams was experiencing calf cramps after Game 1,...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics got some surprising — and unpleasant — news just a few hours before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals: Al Horford was not going to be available. For the third time this season, Horford has landed in the NBA’s Health & Safety Protocols. The Celtics found out that Horford would miss Game 1 around 5 p.m., roughly three-and-a-half hours before tipoff. READ MORE: Celtics rule out both Marcus Smart, Al Horford for Game 1 vs. HeatLosing a starter ahead of the first game of the Conference Finals is not an ideal situation for any team. To make matters worse for the Celtics, Marcus Smart was also ruled out with a foot injury. But Smart’s absence was expected. Horford’s was not. The veteran forward has been a huge piece of the Celtics’ top-ranked defense, with the 35-year-old enjoying a resurgent season in his return to Boston. Horford told The Boston Globe in early April that he was fully vaccinated, but it remains unclear how long he’ll be out against the Heat. Celtics head coach Ime...
    MIAMI (AP) — Boston was without two starters for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night, with Al Horford entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols and Marcus Smart unable to play because of a mid-foot sprain. The Celtics announced those updates about three hours before the series opener against the Miami Heat. Derrick White was added to the starting lineup in Smart’s place, and Grant Williams was starting in place of Horford. READ MORE: Man's Remains Found In Shallow Grave Behind Miami Gardens Home, Woman ArrestedBoston was already bracing for Smart — the league’s reigning defensive player of the year — to be out, after he injured his foot on Sunday in Game 7 of Boston’s East semifinals win over Milwaukee. But losing Horford was a surprise blow to the Celtics, adding to the team’s lineup dilemma. Celtics coach Ime Udoka said he initially found out about Horford’s status around 5 p.m. Tuesday, or roughly 3 1/2 hours before tip-off. He would not say if Horford tested positive. “As always, we don’t comment on the status...
    A potentially seismic shift hit the Eastern Conference finals less than three hours prior to Tuesday night’s start of Game 1 at FTX Arena, when the Boston Celtics announced that forward Al Horford had entered NBA health-and-safety protocols and would be out for the series opener against the Miami Heat. The designation not only had Horford out for Tuesday’s start of the best-of-seven series, but also, based on the NBA’s required quarantine in such cases, possibly out for Thursday night’s Game 2 at FTX Arena and Saturday’s Game 3 at TD Garden. “We found out about Al about two hours ago,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said, less than two hours before tipoff. Udoka indicated that upcoming testing results could impact the timing of a Horford return. “He’s feeling fine,” Udoka said, “and we’ll go from there, wait to see results of tests and future tests.” Udoka said he was unaware of any contact-tracing issues with others on the team. It is the third time this season Horford, 35, has entered NBA protocols. In addition, the Celtics announced that a second...
    Getty Boston Celtics' Al Horford (left) and Marcus Smart (right). Even after Ime Udoka confirmed that Robert Williams III would be able to play against the Miami Heat in the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals without any restrictions, many were worried that Marcus Smart would be held out of Game 1 because of a reported foot injury. After hours of waiting, the Boston Celtics released their injury report on May 17, 2022. Not only is it not what Celtics fans want to hear, but it’s even worse than they could have imagined. The Celtics Injury Report for Game 1 of the conference finals revealed that Smart will be out with a right mid-foot sprain, but it also revealed that Al Horford will also be out because he has entered the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. #NEBHInjuryReport update: Al Horford (Health & Safety Protocols) – OUTMarcus Smart (right mid-foot sprain) – OUT — Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 17, 2022 With the information revealed earlier about Smart’s injury, him missing Game 1 isn’t too big of a surprise. By contrast, Horford...
    The Boston Celtics announced that they will be without two of their starters for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics competed in a hard fought series against the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, and defeated them in seven games in the second round. As a result, the team advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and will take on the top-seeded Miami Heat, with the first game of the series taking place on Tuesday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET. However, they will be without two of their starters. Hours ahead of Game 1, the Celtics announced that they have ruled out Al Horford and Marcus Smart. Horford was placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, while Smart is dealing with a right mid-foot sprain. #NEBHInjuryReport update: Al Horford (Health & Safety Protocols) – OUTMarcus Smart (right mid-foot sprain) – OUT — Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 17, 2022 Celtics rule out Al Horford, Marcus Smart for Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals While both of their absences are brutal for Boston, they...
    A potentially seismic shift hit the Eastern Conference finals less than three hours prior to Tuesday night’s start of Game 1 at FTX Arena, when the Boston Celtics announced that forward Al Horford had entered NBA health-and-safety protocols and would be out for the series opener against the Miami Heat. The designation not only had Horford out for Tuesday’s start of the best-of-seven series, but also, based on the NBA’s required quarantine in such cases, likely out for Thursday night’s Game 2 at FTX Arena and Saturday’s Game 3 at TD Garden. In addition, the Celtics announced that a second starter, point guard Marcus Smart, would miss the series opener due to the right mid-foot sprain sustained during Sunday’s Game 7 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks that advanced them to the East finals against the Heat. For the Heat, guard Kyle Lowry remained sidelined with a strained left hamstring. Earlier, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said at the morning shootaround that his team was in for an extended challenge, stressing the littlest things could make the biggest difference. “They’re big,...
    MIAMI (AP) — Boston will be without two starters for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, with Al Horford entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols and Marcus Smart unable to play because of a mid-foot sprain. The Celtics announced those updates Tuesday night, about three hours before the series opener against the Miami Heat. Smart injured his foot on Sunday, in Game 7 of Boston’s East semifinals win over Milwaukee. He had been listed as questionable entering the day, though Celtics coach Ime Udoka cautioned after the team’s morning shootaround that the league’s defensive player of the year was still dealing with considerable soreness. Horford added to Boston’s lineup dilemma. The veteran forward averaged 13.0 points and a team-best 10.4 rebounds in the Celtics’ seven-game win over Milwaukee, starting all those contests. Smart played in six of the seven games against Milwaukee. He missed Game 2 because of a quad injury. Miami had already ruled point guard Kyle Lowry out for Game 1 because of a hamstring injury. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics will be shorthanded when they tip off the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Not only will Marcus Smart miss Game 1 with a foot injury, but Al Horford has also been ruled out due to Health & Safety Protocols. That is going to make stealing the first game of the series in Miami extremely difficult for Boston. READ MORE: Memorial Day weekend travel expected to surpass last year despite high gas prices, airfareSmart’s absence should come as no surprise, as he was listed as questionable on Monday after he suffered a right mid-foot sprain during Boston’s Game 7 win over the Bucks on Sunday. He received treatment throughout the day on Tuesday leading up to Game 1, but is too hurt to play. READ MORE: Keller @ Large: Mystery remains after Pentagon reveals UFO databaseHorford being out is a huge surprise, and will leave the Celtics with a key piece of the team’s defense. Horford figured to match up with Miami big man Bam Adebayo, after he just engaged in...
    Getty Boston Celtics big man Al Horford. In light of Al Horford’s impressive stretch of performances in the 2022 playoffs, many have begun wondering how the Boston Celtics got Horford back for seemingly so little when it had been clear that the Oklahoma City Thunder were openly trying to get rid of him last year. Celtics Insider Chris Mannix explained how the Celtics got the deal done whereas other interested parties did not. When the Celtics re-acquired Horford, the outgoing package to Oklahoma City was Kemba Walker – who was promptly waived and simultaneously signed with the New York Knicks – and their 2021 first-round draft pick, which was traded to the Houston Rockets who selected Alperen Sengun. Mannix explained why the Thunder took that package instead of the ones offered by other teams. Simply put, they wanted more out of the Thunder than just Horford. “Every team that called Oklahoma City, they wanted the Thunder to attach an asset to take Al Horford,” Mannix said. “The Celtics were the only team to offer something in exchange.” When...
    Getty LeBron James defends Al Horford. Over the years, LeBron James has developed a deserved reputation for being one of the most prominent villains in Boston sports history. Having faced the Boston Celtics seven times in his long and illustrious playoff career, which is the most he’s faced any team in the playoffs, it’s fair to say he’s made his mark as one of the Celtics premier antagonists. Yet despite the rivalry, that never stops LeBron from praising their players when presented the opportunity. When the Celtics faced the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of their playoff series, he did just that. On May 3, former NBA player Sean Singletary, who goes under the Twitter moniker “73-9 and THEY LIED” made a tweet praising Al Horford for his contributions saying, “Al Horford can really move the puppies in year 15,” to which James replied praising how young Horford looked on the court. He sure can!! Looking hella young out there — LeBron James (@KingJames) May 3, 2022 Even though Celtics fans have taken great pleasure in rooting against...
    Getty Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics After a disappointing loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the opening game of their second-round playoff series, the Boston Celtics are heading back to the drawing board. Despite their stellar performances against the Brooklyn Nets just a week prior, Boston looked shellshocked by the end of their game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and co. as their defense was picked apart and offensive gameplan stymied. Throughout the regular season, Ime Udoka ensured his team was a force to be reckoned with when pressuring the rim on offense, yet somehow, the Celtics came away from their May 1 game with just 10 made two-point attempts in the game. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were both underwhelming in the contest, as neither could find a way to break down the Bucks’ elite-level rim protection. Brown, who ended the game with seven turnovers came in for some criticism from fans on social media, as he struggled to provide Boston with any form of impact in the game. However, following the team’s loss, Tatum told the media that he...
    Getty Boston Celtics big man Al Horford. Among all the hoopla surrounding Robert Williams III’s injury status for the upcoming playoff series between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, something that has not been talked about enough is the status of Al Horford. Since no one knows the exact date of Williams’ return, his absence means there will be a lot more responsibility for Horford to shoulder this upcoming postseason. That may not be too welcome for Horford since he is 35 years old and has dealt with back soreness in recent weeks. Luckily, Horford says he’ll be more than ready for the tough road ahead health-wise thanks to the rest he’s had. Al Horford says his back is fine: "This week has been very helpful and I'm just excited to play tomorrow." — Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) April 16, 2022 Outside of two bouts with COVID-19 earlier in the year, Horford has largely remained healthy in his first season back with the Celtics. The 69 games he’s played for Boston this year are largely the same number...
    Getty Robert Williams of the Boston Celtics. Last year, Jaylen Brown was out during the Boston Celtics’ first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. This year, big man Robert Williams is projected to miss some time. Williams tore his meniscus during a March 27 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and has yet to make his way back onto the court. The initial timeline for his return was set for 4-6 weeks. However, leading up to the start of the postseason, there has been a multitude of reports stating that Williams could be ahead of schedule in his recovery process. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he could be back in the latter half of Round 1. On Saturday, the Celtics released their official injury report ahead of Game 1. There was only one player listed: Williams. He is listed as out while he continues to rehab his torn meniscus. #NEBHInjuryReport for Game 1 vs. Brooklyn: Robert Williams (left knee meniscal tear) – OUT — Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 16, 2022 This falls in line with what the team has...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown sounds really eager to go against a Robert Williams-less Celtics defense in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Maybe a little too eager. The two-seeded Celtics will square off with the Nets after Brooklyn clinched the seven-seed in the East with a play-in win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Brown, a Boston native, had himself a game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the 115-108 win. READ MORE: NBA Announces Full Schedule For Celtics-Nets Playoff SeriesAfter the game, he threw some shade at the Boston defense, which will be without Williams for at least a few more weeks as the big man recovers from meniscus surgery. Brown called out Boston’s other big men, Al Horford and Daniel Theis, and gave Boston some bulletin board material in the process. “We got to be physical with them. Now they don’t have Robert Williams so they have less of a presence in the paint,” said Brown. “We can attack Al Horford and Theis. Them not having Rob Williams is huge.”...
    Getty BOSTON, MA - MARCH 06 Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts with teammate skater hitting a three-point shot during a game against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden on March 6, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) NBA teams turning their seasons around is nothing new. It’s been prone to happen from time to time. Even though it’s happened in the past, that doesn’t stop viewers from tuning in whenever it does. The Boston Celtics had one of these said turnarounds, but the one they had this season set a new specific record. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Celtics finishing the season with a record of 51-31 marks the best record ever for a team that had been under .500 halfway through the season. Boston was 20-21 exactly halfway through the season before going 31-10 the rest of the way....
    Getty Isaiah Mobley of the USC Trojans was selected by the Boston Celtics in a recent NBA Mock Draft. With all the intrigue surrounding the Boston Celtics’ potential playoff positioning, one upcoming NBA event has fallen to the wayside – the NBA Draft. Brad Stevens traded Boston’s first-round pick this season in the deal for Derrick White, but they still have a second-rounder. And while the draft shouldn’t be at the forefront of the Celtics’ mind right now, mock drafts are being pumped out left, right, and center. Some mock drafts only cover the first round, but an April 1 mock draft put out by Sam Vecenie of The Athletic covered both rounds and included the Celtics. In the mock, he had Boston selecting a very intriguing prospect – Isaiah Mobley out of USC. Boston selected Mobley with the 54th overall pick, but their draft positioning is subject to change based on where they end up finishing in the standings. Mobley is currently unranked in ESPN’s current top 100 players available. Most people will recognize the name Mobley...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The biggest question heading into Thursday night’s Celtics-Bucks clash was whether or not Boston would make a strong push for the No. 2 seed in the East or rest its star players. It turns out the Celtics will try to do both. It would appear that Boston is going with a half-measure approach to winning Thursday night’s tilt. Jayson Tatum and Al Horford will both sit out the contest, while Jaylen Brown will play against Giannis Antetokounmpo and company. Starting point guard Marcus Smart is probable with a right ankle sprain. READ MORE: The Brian Flores Lawsuit Against The NFL Has Grown Rather SignificantlyTatum is sitting out the second leg of Boston’s back-to-back with right patella tendinopathy, while Horford is getting a night off with low back soreness. Both played some big minutes in Wednesday night’s win over the Chicago Bulls — Boston’s 50th win of the season. The Celtics have done their best to keep Horford fresh throughout the season, so it’s no surprise that he’s sitting out Thursday night. READ MORE: Rob Gronkowski Takes Shot...
    Getty Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics took care of business in their January 31 game against the Miami Heat. After the team’s 30 point demolition of Miami, Celtics veteran big man Al Horford spoke glowingly of Jaylen Brown’s recent developments, most notably as a leading voice on the court. “It’s one thing for him to go out there and just do it with his play, but also to be able to see the game and be able to coach not only himself. Be able to call out things that he sees. As a player, to develop on that end, it not only helps himself, but it helps us as well. And we’re going to continue to encourage it,” Horford told the media. Play VideoVideo related to al horford sounds off on celtics star’s growing leadership2022-02-01T13:43:49-05:00 Brown has recently come in for some criticism from certain parts of the Celtics fanbase and media, as many believed he was incapable of leading the team during Jayson Tatum’s absence in early January. However, the Georgia native has been...
    Getty Al Horford, Boston Celtics Brad Stevens saw the first domino fall for the Boston Celtics when he traded Juancho Hernangomez to the San Antonio Spurs as part of a three-team deal. Now, it would seem that Stevens has his eyes set on a bigger deal, one that would potentially see beloved big man Al Horford head for new pastures. “After spending the 16th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to acquire Al Horford in the offseason, the Boston Celtics are exploring trading him as they pursue another center, league sources told The Athletic,” Jared Weiss wrote in his recent piece for The Atheltic. Horford, who is earning $28 million this season, is only partially guaranteed for the 2022-23 season, which means any team that waives him would only incur a $14.5 million cap hit. While potentially absorbing such a large amount of dead cap isn’t the most appealing of ideas, there will be some teams who see that trade as a possible way to reset their cap sheet in a shade over 18 months – and that holds value. Horford's contract...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The honeymoon between Kemba Walker and the New York Knicks is over, with head coach Tom Thibodeau announcing Monday that the team is taking the point guard out of its rotation. It’s another unfortunate turn in the final stages of Walker’s career. READ MORE: Justice Breyer Rejects Mass General Brigham Employees' Request To Block Vaccine MandateIt also highlights just how right the Celtics were to do anything and everything they could to move on from the final years of Walker’s max contract over the offseason. Sure, it cost Brad Stevens a first-round pick to get Walker off the books, but it subtracted one of the team’s many (many, many, many) issues of the past few years. With Walker, there was always a carrot dangling that maybe, just maybe, he would be a healthy and spry guard again, one that was able to impact the Celtics the way he did his first season in Boston. But that was never going to be the case, and weight of Kemba’s health is no longer on...
    Getty Jaylen Brown has missed the Boston Celtics last for games with a hamstring injury. Jaylen Brown has missed the Boston Celtics last four games due to a hamstring injury but is a possibility to return for Monday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. To start the day, the NBA’s 8:30 am injury report still has Brown listed as out, but the All-Star wing previously told NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin that he’s aiming to return for tonight’s game. As I just reported @NBCSBoston: Jaylen Brown told me he's hopeful to return from a right hamstring strain on Monday. Said he's feeling good and moving in the right direction, but wants to see how his body responds over the next couple days. #Celtics — Abby Chin (@tvabby) November 14, 2021 “It’s getting better, got in some good work today, working with the team, trying to get back on the court, but it’s getting a lot better,” Brown told the media on November 10th, “It’s grade one, so it’s nothing severe, but anybody who’s had hamstring injuries knows they...
    Getty Images Celtics head coach Ime Udoka directs his team Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens named longtime NBA assistant Ime Udoka head coach during the offseason knowing the philosophy and principles that Ime preaches are conducive to building the 2021-22 Celtics. Stevens, who stepped down after seven consecutive seasons as head coach, perhaps has the best understanding of whose voice would resonate best for this group. A new defense predicated on switching along with an overall state of accountability are two main pillars of Ime’s beliefs. So when Udoka announced, prior to the start of the regular season, that he was going to assign two team captains, it certainly didn’t come as a surprise. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Fans made their best well-educated guesses: ones that included Celtics All-Star duo Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, starting point guard Marcus Smart, and veteran Al Horford, to name a few.Ime Udoka On Naming Celtics Captains: ‘That’s Probably in The Rearview’However,...
    Getty Al Horford, Celtics What, exactly, has gotten into Al Horford? A year ago, the beloved Celtics big man was off in NBA Siberia, having been drummed out of Philadelphia and dealt to the career holding patterns known as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Boston brought him back to the Celtics this summer as a way to be rid of oft-injured point guard Kemba Walker, and it seemed there would be a nice story attached, too: Horford returning to Boston after regrettably leaving as a free agent in 2019. Maybe Horford could offer some production. Most likely he would play some, but it seemed he was destined mostly be a mentor to the Celtics’ younger guys. That was the thought, at least. Instead, he has been a defensive stalwart for a Celtics team that just held back-to-back opponents under 80 points for the first time since 2012, a strong response to early-season turmoil. Horford has led the way, and it is getting noticed around the NBA. “He looks seven, eight years younger out there,” one East scout told Heavy.com....
    Getty Jaylen Brown entering his shooting motion for the Boston Celtics Improvement has been the buzzword for Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum over the last 18 months, with the future of the Boston Celtics franchise firmly placed upon their shoulders. “When you are the guys, every night is a greater burden with greater responsibility,” Brad Stevens explained in a recent exclusive with Michael Holley. We’ve heard both Tatum and Brown speak of their need to continue developing on numerous occasions these past 18 months, but after head coach, Ime Udoka called Jaylen Brown’s inconsistent mentality “mind-boggling” the sixth-year wing has become one of Boston’s most consistent scorers. “I can do a lot of things better, try to find ways to get guys going, talking to Jayson trying to find ways to get him going. Just making out teammates better; I think that’s part of being a leader and things like that. I still have a lot of growth to do, that I’m actively working on, but that’s my challenge,” Brown explained when discussing his development following the Celtics...
    Getty Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics talks with Jaylen Brown #7. The 2020-21 season was a special one for Jaylen Brown. The Boston Celtics wing enjoyed a career campaign, catapulting himself from a really, really good NBA player to an NBA All-Star. However, despite his brilliance, the 24-year-old readily found himself engulfed in trade chatter — typically surrounding Jayson Tatum’s BFF Bradley Beal. Helping fuel those talks was the commonly questioned relationship that Brown and Tatum shared. These perceived cracks in their friendship were further brought into doubt by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman this offseason, who told WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria” that the Celtics teammates are “not buddies.” However, while the two Jays openly admit that they can function on different wavelengths, that doesn’t mean there is disdain from either party. Brown, in particular, has detailed the respect he has for Tatum this offseason, and in a recent interview with NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg, he firmly put an end to the chitter-chatter surrounding his relationship with Tatum. “If y’all want to hear it from me, that’s...
    Getty Images Al Horford #42 of the Celtics poses for a photo during Media Day at High Output Studios Boston Celtics veteran Al Horford has started in a lot of NBA games throughout his 14-year career. 993 games, including postseason appearances, to be exact, per Basketball-Reference. In fact, Horford has only come off the bench during 10 regular-season games, and twice throughout 124 playoff games. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Now, Al could be reprising a starting role for the 2021-22 Celtics, according to head coach Ime Udoka, who gushed over the 35-year-old three days into training camp. “It’s noticeable,” Udoka said after Thursday’s session. “Whether he found the fountain of youth or it’s just the time off that he got not playing all the games last year in Oklahoma City, I mentioned having him in Philadelphia where he sat out some games here and there. But, for the most part, he’s come back in shape.”For Al Horford, ‘Fountain of Youth’ Started...
    Getty Images Al Horford #of the Celtics poses for a photo during Media Day at High Output Studios A lot of has changed since the last time veteran Al Horford wore a Boston Celtics uniform. Back in 2019, when Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens was the head coach, Boston was bounced out of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks. Then, its star point guard Kyrie Irving jetted to Brooklyn to join the Nets and Horford agreed to a substantial offer from the Philadelphia 76ers, all before the 22-and-under tandem of  Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown bloomed into budding All-Stars.How Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Shocked Al HorfordHorford, who’s rejoining Tatum and Brown, this season, shared a funny story about Jaylen, who he bumped into on his way to Celtics media day at the High Output Studios in Canton. “It feels different, it definitely does,” Horford said during Celtics media day, Monday. “Jaylen and I were walking in together and he said “how many years is this for you?” and I was like ’15,’ then, I was like ‘this...
    Getty Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after scoring against the Denver Nuggets. The Philadelphia 76ers let the $8.2 million Al Horford trade exception expire on Tuesday without adding a player in a sign-and-trade. There had been rampant speculation that the Sixers would use that money to acquire an impact player from a team looking to shed salary and get under the luxury tax. Philadelphia could have used the exception to potentially acquire a guy like Cam Reddish or DJ Augustin. They didn’t get anyone. According to the Bucks County Courier Times, the Sixers stood pat because “nothing worthwhile was available” and they have a full 15-man roster. Which they like. Other players considered available were Justin Holiday, P.J. Washington, Danuel House, JaMychal Green. Nothing. Maybe that’s because the Sixers are already above the $136.6 million luxury tax threshold themselves. #NBA source on the #Sixers letting the Al Horford $8.2 million trade exception expire: 'Nothing worthwhile (was) available' and team already has 15 roster spots committed. — Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) September 8, 2021 The decision to...
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